Material Witness

Couch evangelism

I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. (Philemon 1:6)

Christianity would be a great religion if it wasn’t for the evangelism thing. I like God most of the time and I’m glad Jesus saves and all that. I can even tolerate some actual Christians every so often. I like Christmas and Thanksgiving a lot too, though Easter is still too religious to really get into. On average, Christianity is a pretty decent religion and I’m mostly satisfied with it.

As I said, one of the big things I don’t like about Christianity is the evangelism part, the idea that you’re supposed to tell people about it and try to get them to become Christians too. It’s called “witnessing” or “testifying,” but no matter what you call it, I have to admit that I don’t enjoy the idea much. I hate putting my nose in other people’s religious business.

Most of the blame for this must go to Jesus. Granted, he did a nice job on the cross and should be commended for it. But then he had to go and invent the “Great Commission.” He basically orders his disciples to go into the world and tell everybody about Christianity. Now, I know Jesus was really excited about his resurrection (I probably would be too), but not everybody is as excited about it as he was. Happy about it? Yes. Thankful for it? Yes. But excited? The Good News may still be good, but after 2000 years it’s not really news anymore, is it?

Well, it’s too late to change anything now. The ball’s rolling and we have to deal with it as best we can. There are a few options. You can go on minding your own business anyway and hope mowing your lawn and going to church is witness enough. If you have to, you can wave at your neighbors every so often and wait for them to bring up the God topic, which they probably won’t, thankfully. If you’re serious about “personal evangelism” you can read books on evangelism and call it good (reading about it must count for something). The rest of us just ask that you don’t become like those street preachers or those “Praise-the-Lord” people who blab about Jesus all the time. They’re so embarrassing.

The whole evangelism thing is kind of a headache, if you ask me. You can’t escape it; it sticks out in the Bible like a sore thumb. It’s not that I want people to go to hell—well, unless they deserve it. I would just rather not have to add “sharing my faith” to my list of religious obligations. I think we should leave such things to the professionals. At least they get paid for it.

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